Victims Stood Before Congress to Plead for Change Following the Recent Shootings

Relatives and victims of shootings in May make emotional pleas for change
Relatives and victims of shootings in May make emotional pleas for change

Speaking to the U.S. House Committee in a pre-recorded video testimony, Miah Cerrillo described the massacre of the Uvalde school shooting.

“I took my friend’s blood and put it all over me,” she shared. “And I thought he would come back to the room.”

Miah is still healing from the trauma of the shooting last month, and she shared that it has made her more fearful about another one in school.

Miguel Cerrillo said that his daughter was no longer the same after she went through a tragedy. He pleaded for changes in schools so this doesn’t happen to other kids again. Liah wanted to be there to explain the gravity of her experience in hopes of improving the safety of schools in the future.

The parents of Lexi Rubio made an emotional plea, asking the committee to remember she was more than just a number. They shared that they ran barefoot for miles with their daughter before learning she had died with 18 others and two teacher

“We told her we loved her, and we would pick her up after school,” the mother said, recounting the morning with Lexi. “I left my daughter at that school, and that decision will always haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Zeneta Everhart, mother of a victim still recovering from the Buffalo shooting injuries, spoke about her son’s injury while cleaning him up. She explained in detail, trying to reach out to Congress.

Garnell Whitfield Jr., the son of an 86-year old victim, challenged Congress to act against gun violence sweeping across America and the “cancer of white supremacy.”

Dr. Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician from UvaldeTexas painted the Congress with his account of the young victims he treated at the emergency room.

“Those mothers’ cries,” he recalled. “I will never get out of my head.”

Negotiations are ongoing and a compromise could soon become law. The president has met with the senators to secure their agreement on this deal, which will hopefully benefit the country.

Though the Democratic-led House has passed a bill to raise the minimum age for purchasing semi automatic weapons, it is nearly certain that this legislation will not become law as long as the Senate continues its focus on improving mental health programs and school security.


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